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Classic Boat October 2018

Admire the world's most beautiful boats, brought to life through breath-taking photography. Classic Boat offers a unique blend of yacht reviews, seamanship and restoration features, history and design columns, practical advice and coverage of the leading international regattas and events. Whether your interest lies in working on restoration projects or sailing in classic regattas; whether you're a wooden boat owner or simply an admirer of traditional marine workmanship, Classic Boat will have something for you.

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12 Edities

in deze editie

1 min.
a positive move backwards

The British Classic Yacht Club is encouraging greater authenticity in its member boats. The overall winner of the club’s annual regatta must now score highly in a concours d’elegance competition that marks boats on closeness to original fit-out and condition, as well as on the race course. It’s effectively a vote against blind optimisation for IRC, the rule under which the club races. Carbon rigs, laminate sails, modern lines and deck gear are not ubiquitous in Cowes, but they are more common than in the Med, where you find a noticeably more authentic collection of yachts. Nobody is criticising the owners – there are seamanlike and practical reasons for adapting an old boat. Talking to people at the regatta, though, it’s clear the IRC arms race is not universally popular…

12 min.
a game of chance

Restoring a classic boat can change your life. Ask the owner of Mah Jong, who hadn’t quite expected it. The choice of yacht, boatyard, restorers and project grew into not just a new project but something much more: a new family of friends, a whole new challenging area of interest and expertise, great adventures, and a fresh take on life and companionship. Pat Ilderton’s commitment to having a boat of his own came slowly, having sailed on other yachts, chartered and raced. He grew up with an interest in sailing: he had started with a humble Sunfish, growing up in North Carolina, and had raced on a Farr 70 from Charleston to Bermuda. It was over a bottle of wine in a small restaurant in Ipswich, England, with Ross and Kirsten…

5 min.
panerai british classic week

There was no better place to go sailing than the Solent in July, high temperatures and easy winds making Panerai British Classic Week one of the most enjoyable editions of the regatta ever. Fifty classic yachts turned up for a six-race series organised by Royal Yacht Squadron Racing, with a programme of local cruises from Cowes for the few boats not racing. After several years of coming close, the regatta was won overall by its chairman, Sean McMillan, and the amateur crew of his Spirit 52 Flight of Ufford. The boat won the coveted Panerai watch and the Yacht of the Regatta award, which combines racing results with marks awarded in the concours d’elegance competition. Sean said: “To win such a prestigious regatta is a true honour and I couldn’t…

2 min.
‘henley trad’ in sparkling form

To audible sighs of relief, the hottest British summer in living memory finally gave way for the opening day of this year’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival. But there was sunshine enough to catch the varnish on a glittering array of traditional boats, many on display on the grassy bank, others parading up and down this famous part of the Thames…a group of Amphicars, a fleet of Starcraft, the Dunkirk Little Ships, Her Majesty’s rowbarge Gloriana, slipper craft, Bluebird K3, old steam boats, each having a moment in the spotlight amid snatches of approving commentary. “The kind of boat we like, and the kind of family we like,” was a favourite. Ashore, the stands of classic boats (some cars too) stretched for miles, with builders showing o. their newest (or oldest,…

2 min.
woodenboat show at mystic

The restored whaling village at Mystic Seaport is, after London’s maritime Greenwich, probably the largest maritime museum complex in the world. The Museum of America and the Sea stretches out for acre upon acre, with more than 60 buildings and 15 restored historic vessels on the water, including the flagship Charles W Morgan whaling ship, still sailing today after her multi-million dollar restoration, completed five years ago. The museum is at its best during the annual WoodenBoat Show in late June, when the site comes to life as hundreds of timber yachts, motorboats, dinghies, kayaks and other craft come to line the shores and sail in the Mystic River. Boatbuilders from up and down the east coast and further, not to mention around 13,000 visitors, make the annual pilgrimage, with boats…

7 min.
tell tales

GOLDEN GLOBE Southern Ocean storm batters replica race A Southern Ocean storm has battered the Golden Globe Race fleet, dismasting Norwegian sailor Are Wiig after his yacht was rolled 360°. The 58-year old yacht surveyor was down below at the time with his boat lying hove-to in 35-45 knot winds and 7-8m seas. One cabin porthole was lost in the rollover, but Wiig reported to race control that he was not injured and there was no damage to the hull. He cut the mast and rig away but left the forestay, which was hanging from the bow with the sail attached, acting as a sea anchor. Wiig had not activated his EPIRB and was hoping to sail to Cape Town under jury rig. The Golden Globe Race is designed as a replica of…